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The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Income and Wealth Inequality

Professor Valerie Ramey

This talk discusses trends in inequality in America, possible explanations, and possible solutions. It highlights the special circumstances that led to a "Golden Age" for the average U.S. worker in the 1950s and 1960s and the economic changes that subsequently led to rising income and wealth inequality. It assesses the roles of globalization, technological progress, and educational trends in the slowdown of the growth of median living standards and how those forces might shape the future. It discusses investment in education and skills as a way to reduce inequality, but also confronts the challenges involved.

Instructor: Valerie Ramey is Professor of Economics at UC San Diego and an Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on macroeconomics and the impact of government policy on economic prosperity. She received her PhD from Stanford University.

Coordinator: Candace Gietzen

Course Number: OSHR-70067   Credit: 0 units

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10/30/2017 In-class 127484 $0.00  

Day and Time: Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla